After a period of eased measures for travel to Canada, new restrictions will come into force in the coming weeks to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections in Canada.
Omicron variant also a reason for concern in Canada
The latest news from Canada in response to the new omicron variant announces that all vaccinated travellers will be tested for corona on arrival at a Canadian airport by means of an arrival test. In the past, travellers were selected on a random basis, but this will now apply to everyone again. Fully vaccinated travellers will have to remain in quarantine pending the results of their arrival test.
Non-vaccinated travellers who fall under an exception to Canada’s travel restrictions will be required to undergo multiple corona testing in all cases and will also be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
Restrictions on domestic travel and use of public transport
Transport Canada has updated its domestic travel restrictions effective November 30. Anyone wishing to use public transport or Canadian airports (including flights departing from Canada to other countries) are required to be fully vaccinated. Persons with temporary status in Canada (e.g. work, study or tourist status) who entered Canada as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated persons may leave the country without being fully vaccinated until February 28, 2022. After that date, they must be fully vaccinated to board a plane or train in Canada.
Vaccination obligation for all travellers as of 15 January 2022
As of January 15, 2022, all travellers to Canada will need to be fully vaccinated. This includes groups that are currently exempt from these restrictions, such as:
- Persons travelling to reunite with family
- International students
- Professional athletes and their support staff
- Persons with a valid work permit or work permit approval (some exceptions for the food industry and agricultural sector apply)
- Most essential service providers (including truck drivers, emergency responders and marine researchers)
After January 15, 2022, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated agricultural and food workers, new permanent residents and some children under the age of 18 will still be allowed to travel to Canada tomorrow and travel within Canada to settle, but must comply with testing and quarantine measures.
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